The Sandbox

Learning Through Living


My family was fortunate enough to grow up near several lakes in the woods in Michigan. As a child, I spent much of my free time with my brother building forts, catching frogs, riding bikes, diving for fishing lures, and playing in imaginary lands. This childhood playground of the mind established my learning style at an early age. And although experiential learning was always my mode of choice, those early adventures helped me in the classroom as well. Read more »

The Transformative Power of Teachers

The Transformative Power of Teachers. Sand Hill School at CHC

It’s not hard for me to understand the impact of a Sand Hill education. All I have to do is think back to my school days to realize how much I would have benefited from a school like Sand Hill. Read more »

Looking Forward to Summer!


Summer provides that break that we all need from school—for kids and parents alike. It’s a time to refuel and recharge. However, for kids with dyslexia and other learning differences, a total break is not always a good idea. As much as you would like to give your child time off from the academic skill building, a total break for summer is usually not beneficial for your child.

A respected researcher in the field of dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz M.D., at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, knows that it is important for kids to keep up with learning over the summer. Scientific data show that many children, especially kids with dyslexia, lose reading skills over the summer. In a dyslexic child, written words are often still transient and temporary (Shaywitz). Read more »

Do You Have a Struggling Reader? Let’s Talk.

Love to read at Sand Hill

Did you know that there are many famous and successful people who are also dyslexic? Steven Spielberg, Henry Winkler, Magic Johnson, Tom Cruise, Agatha Christie, William Hewlett, Thomas Edison, Jennifer Aniston and more. Did you also know that the IDA (International Dyslexia Association) states that 1 in 10 people experience the challenges of dyslexia?

October has been designated as National Dyslexia Awareness month in the U.S. The goal is to raise awareness of dyslexia and help people understand that with appropriate teaching methods and programs, people with dyslexia can learn and be successful. Read more »

Heading into the Home Stretch

Stay focused on the school year and less on summer break. Sand Hill School at Children's Health Council

It’s that time of year—before you know it, we will be at the last day of school for the year. This time of year is typically filled with more activities than usual as well as end of year projects for students.

Here are some tips to help navigate through this time of year— Read more »

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